UP Fighting Maroons

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UP Fighting Maroons
University of the Philippines, Diliman
University of the Philippines, Diliman logo
UP Fighting Maroons logo
League UAAP
Joined 1938
Founding member of the NCAA on 1924
Seniors' general championships UAAP: 5 (1977-78, 1978-79, 1980-81, 1982-83, 1997-98)
Juniors' general championships UAAP: none
Location Diliman, Quezon City
Team colors UP colors.PNG
Maroon & Forest green
White as a tertiary color
Juniors' team Junior Maroons (formerly the Preps)
Women's team Lady Maroons
Staple cheer U-nibersidad (ng Pilipinas), UP Fight!

The Fighting Maroons is the varsity team of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. The team competes in all sports of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), in which it is one of the founding members (1938). The team is a perennial contender for the over-all championship for the past years in that league.

The team last won the UAAP Overall Championships in the 1997-1998 season, two years before the University last hosted the competitions.

The University of the Philippines Integrated School is the junior affiliate school. They play as the Junior Maroons, formerly the Preps.



The word Maroon comes from the Spanish word cimarron which means wild: untamed. They were slaves who either ran away from or were released by the Spanish before the English invaded Jamaica in 1655. They were successful in retaining their independence after 150 years of slavery by constantly defending their freedom. Their settlements were small, not more than 2,000 strong, but they fought as if they were in greater numbers. (taken from The History of Jamaica)

The use of the term embodies the spirit of students of the University to "escape" from the status quo, by trying to bring it to a state of betterment. The adjective "fighting" was added for the athletic team to intensify the eagerness to combat any obstacles to win for the honor of the University.

Former names include the Maroons and Greens and the Parrots.


UAAP Varsity Teams:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Chess
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Softball

  • Tennis
  • Judo
  • Badminton
  • Fencing
  • Taekwondo
  • Athletics
  • Beach Volleyball

Other Varsity Teams:

  • Pep Squad
  • Dragonboat Rowing


The following table shows the number of championships in the UAAP. It can be noted that UP has titles in all the 14 sports in the UAAP program, and the University boasts of successful swimming and volleyball programs, both with 24 titles apiece.

Sport Men's Women's Boys' Girls' Total
Swimming 14 9 0 1 24
Volleyball 9 3 3 9 24
Baseball 19 - - - 19
Athletics 8 10 - - 18
Judo 3 9 0 - 12
Badminton 5 6 - - 11
Basketball 2 7 2 - 11
Table Tennis 3 4 - - 7
Football 3 3 - - 6
Tennis 6 0 - - 6
Fencing 0 5 - - 5
Chess 1 3 - - 4
Softball - 3 - - 3
Taekwondo 0 1 0 - 1

* Most number of championships in each division is in italics.


  • Current Championship Streak(s):
Men's Swimming - 4 (2002-2006)

  • Longest Championship Streak(s):
Women's Badminton - 6 (1995-2001) (UAAP Record)
Women's Fencing - 5 (2000-2005) (UAAP Record)
Women's Judo - 5 (1999-2003)
Men's Badminton - 4 (1997-2001)
Men's Swimming - 4 (1996-2000 and 2002-2006)
Women's Table Tennis - 4 (1997-2000)
Men's Tennis - 3 (1997-2000)

Double Crowns

A double crown usually refers to winning both the Men's and Women's (Seniors), or Boys' and Girls' (Juniors) championship in the same sport at a single UAAP season.

  • Seniors:
    • Badminton: 4 (consecutive: 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01)
    • Swimming: 4 (consecutive: 1939-40, 1940-41; and 1947-48, 1997-98)
    • Athletics: 3 (consecutive: 1972-73, 1973-74; and 1977-78)
    • Volleyball: 2 (consecutive: 1978-79, 1979-80)
    • Judo: 1 (1995-96)
    • Football: 1 (1978-79)
  • Juniors:
    • Volleyball: 3 (consecutive: 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86)

The following are "double crowns" of different nature:

  • Men's & Girls'
    • Volleyball: 3 (1991-92, 1994-95, 1999-2000)
    • Swimming: 1 (2006-07)

2006-2007 (69th) UAAP Season


  • Men's Basketball

Going into the UAAP 69th Season, the team was considered to be an underdog, having lost many players due to graduation and the new UAAP rule on graduate students. UP paraded nine rookies in its 14-man roster and enlisted the services of comebacking coach Joe Lipa.

The Fighting Maroons finished sixth overall, a notch down from their previous year's ranking, with a W-L card of 4-8. The Maroons started their season with a win against UST Growling Tigers and ended it with a two-win run against UST and UE Red Warriors (UST and UE eventually entered the Final Four. UST won over UE twice in the semis to make it to the Finals). The other win was at the expense of NU. Most of the team's losses were close games in the final stretch.

UP was the only team not beaten by eventual champions UST in Season 69.

  • Women's Basketball

The team is one of the teams considered to be the "team to watch" this season due to an almost intact line-up from last season, and due to blue-chip recruits from high school powerhouses in girls basketball like Miriam College.

The Lady Maroons almost did not lived up to this billing after ending with a 2-4 W-L slate at the end of first round; winning only against the cellar-dwellers UE Amazons and NU Lady Bulldogs. However, UP managed to do what they did last year, i.e. win games in bundles in the second round losing only to the Ateneo Lady Eagles to enter the Final Four for the fourth time since 2003.

The team managed to force a rubber match in their first game against UST Tigresses in the semis, but lost in that deciding game; consequently ending their season at fourth place with 8-7 card, a place lower than the previous season's.


  • Men's Chess

The team was heavily-favored going into the tournament due to its successful stint the previous season dethroning the De La Salle Green Archers, which was suspended for the current season. The Maroon Woodpushers finished the first round robin at fourth-place with only 11.5 board scores and 8 match points, losing to NU, winning against UE, UST and Ateneo, and drawing with FEU and Adamson. However, the Maroon Woodpushers proved their potency as a team in the second round with 20 points and 11 match points, winning against every team and drawing against FEU.

The team finished as this year's runner-up, though sharing the 31.5 board scores with Adamson, due to its 19 match points total, and with that win against Adamson in the second round.

  • Women's Chess

The former three-time champions was once again bannered by defending Most Valuable Player (MVP) Catherine Pereña.


Being the three most popular sports in UAAP, this is the school's ranking in Men's Basketball, Women's Volleyball, and Men's Football since 1987, the year, the UAAP became an 8-team league:

1987-1988 3rd 3rd 5th
1988-1989 3rd 4th 4th
1989-1990 5th 3rd 4th
1990-1991 7th 4th 6th
1991-1992 6th 4th 6th
1992-1993 6th 6th 6th
1993-1994 7th 6th 6th
1994-1995 5th 5th 6th
1995-1996 5th 8th 6th
1996-1997 4th 7th 6th
1997-1998 4th 6th 5th
1998-1999 5th 7th 6th
1999-2000 6th 7th 4th
2000-2001 7th 5th 1st
2001-2002 7th 6th 1st
2002-2003 6th 5th 3rd
2003-2004 6th 5th 2nd
2004-2005 4th 7th 6th
2005-2006 4th 7th 4th
2006-2007 6th 6th 3rd

See also

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